Oak Barrel Water Butt

The Oak Barrel Water Butt provides a great opportunity to add a real feature to the garden and start saving valuable water immediately; and you can collect plenty of it thanks to the 227 Litre capacity of this genuine, ex-distillery oak barrel
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Size: Varies but 230cm max girth
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The Oak Barrel Water Butt provides a great opportunity to add a real feature to the garden and start saving valuable water immediately; and you can collect plenty of it thanks to the 227 Litre capacity of this genuine, ex-distillery oak barrel.

Oak Barrel Water Butts are supplied complete with either a traditional wooden brewer's tap or brass frog tap.

Measurements of the Oak Barrel Water Butt vary due to their history (different distilleries produced their own sizes) but the guide size is 90cm/35.5" high x 55cm/22" diameter x 230cm/91" at widest point around the centre. 

We pre drill a round hole in the lid of the barrel to accept a standard downpipe and also drill a hole for the tap.  Although the tap hole is drilled at a standard height to allow easy filling of a watering can, in some cases this may have to be adjusted due to the positioning of the metal banding around the barrel. 

Due to the width of the barrels please be sure to check access before purchasing.

  • Oak Barrel Water Butt comes complete with either a a traditional wooden brewer's tap, traditional verdigris or brass frog tap
  • Authentic ex-distillery barrel steeped in history
  • Minimum 227 litre (50 gallon) capacity
  • Fits in perfectly where a modern water butt would look out of place
  • Hole is pre-cut for tap insertion
  • There is an 8cm diameter hole cut in the top to fit any standard drainpipe
  • Be sure to check access sizes leading to where it will be sited
  • Height and shape will vary as different distilleries produced a range of sizes for liquor fermentation
  • Capacity will always be at least 227 litre (50 gallon) no matter what size or shape of butt
  • Guide size is 90cm/35.5" high x 55cm/22" diameter x 230cm/91" at widest point around the centre.
  • Weighs 80kg
  • Brass frog tap and traditional verdigris tap is simply screwed into the butt without the need for fixings
  • Wooden brewer's tap hammered into place
  • Use plumbers tape and transparent silicone to create a watertight tap/butt union 

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Attractive Feature By Anonymous 5 12th December 2012

We are pleased with the Oak Barrel and Frog Tap you supplied. We have placed plants around it and it makes a very attractive feature in our garden. Mrs Jennifer Griffith.

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whisky barrel By Anonymous 4 5th November 2012

A bit of fiddling to get it set up, as you would imagine. Obviously been dried out for a while. Once wet took a few days for it to stop leaking. Looks great in the garden.

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Great, but can't be used with rain diverter By Anonymous 3 6th August 2012

Lovely barrel, just what we wanted. Faint whisky smell. BUT unless u r going to watch it every 5 minutes to ensure it doesn't overflow, u can't use it. We had to make modifications to hole at top and make one in the side in order to fit with a rain diverter (plus purchasing fittings). The description implies it is all ready to go, but it's not so don't get caught out

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What The Press Say

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Amateur GardeningMay 2012

Water Butts on Test - Julia Heaton 17/20

Took a few days for the wood to swell up to prevent it from leaking but after this it was fine. Taps didn't self tap into the barrel so be prepared to silicone them in. Lack of downpipe adds to the expense but has a timeless appeal and a big capacity.

Gardener's World MagazineMarch 2012

Ten to Try - Water Butts

This ex-distillery barrel is steeped in history. It has a minimum capacity of 227 litres and is supplied with a pre-cut hole in the top large enough for any standard downpipe.

Number of Articles: 2
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